Episode 18

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Runner’s Working the Frontlines During Covid-19

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In this episode of The Run Wave Podcast, Kim talks with 3 medical professionals, from 3 different states, who give their perspective on working the front lines during Covid-19.

Tangie, a Registered Nurse in Atlanta, Georgia who works with expectant mothers that have Covid-19.  Nedu, a Nurse from Queens, New York who works with pediatric & geriatric patients.  Brenda, a Registered Nurse from Dallas, Texas who works with veterans.  These 3 Nurses/Runner’s all have a unique story to tell about their experience working on the frontlines during a global pandemic.

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[00:00:00] Kim: [00:00:00] Have you seen runners up and down your timeline posing in their scrubs, or maybe telling a story of how their day went at work and wondered. What is it like for them working during this pandemic? Let’s talk runners, working at the front lines during COVID.

[00:00:29] I love the sweet song. Hey everyone. Welcome back to, to another episode of  The Run Wave podcast. I am your host Kim. If this is your first time listening, welcome to the show. You are a return listener. Welcome back. I appreciate you if you haven’t already done. So please be sure to subscribe to the show so that you get notified for us each and every time I upload a new episode [00:01:00] of the podcast.

[00:01:01] On today’s show. I am chatting with three different medical professionals in three different States to get their account of what it’s like working on the front lines during COVID-19 and being a runner as well. So I really think that you will enjoy this show and get a different perspective from.

[00:01:25] Different medical professionals, um, in their different fields and just get an idea of what they have been going through

[00:01:33] during this trying

[00:01:34] time. First up, we have Tangie, Tangie is a native of Los Angeles, California, and she currently resides in yeah. In Atlanta, Georgia. She yeah. Is a registered nurse and she is almost finished with her studies to become a woman’s health.

[00:01:52] Nurse practitioner. So let’s see. What’s hangi has to say about working the front lines during COVID-19. [00:02:00] Okay. Everyone. I’m going to introduce you to our guests on the show. This is Tangi. Welcome to the show. Tangi.

[00:02:08] Tangie: [00:02:08] Keep having me. I appreciate it. How

[00:02:10] Kim: [00:02:10] are you?

[00:02:11] Tangie: [00:02:11] I’m doing well hot, but

[00:02:15] Kim: [00:02:15] I know I was in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago when ho.

[00:02:18] Super hot.

[00:02:19] Tangie: [00:02:19] It’s so hard to humidity though. I think it’s the worst.

[00:02:23] Kim: [00:02:23] The humidity makes it far flowers. Well, I gave away where you’re from, but tell us a little bit about yourself. Uh, where are you located? We already said that, but you can say it again.

[00:02:34] Tangie: [00:02:34] Okay. Um, um, I’m originally from Los Angeles and I’m currently living in Atlanta.

[00:02:40] Definitely a difference between Los Angeles and Atlanta. I am a registered nurse and I am currently, um, finishing my degree to become, um, women’s health nurse practitioner.

[00:02:54] Kim: [00:02:54] Wow. So how long have you been in Atlanta

[00:02:57] Tangie: [00:02:57] Mylanta for about. [00:03:00] 17

[00:03:00] Kim: [00:03:00] years. Oh, so a long time,

[00:03:04] Tangie: [00:03:04] but I miss LA every day

[00:03:08] Kim: [00:03:08] I made you make the move from LA to Atlanta.

[00:03:10] Cause that’s a big difference. That’s like going from a city to Atlanta is a smaller city, but it’s a huge difference.

[00:03:16] Tangie: [00:03:16] Definitely. So my husband and I were both in the military and we traveled and did some other things. And so, um, he’s from the South and it kind of just made sense for us to stay in this area.

[00:03:28] I always say I can afford to live here. So, um, we’re here.

[00:03:33] Kim: [00:03:33] Yeah, certainly more cost effectiveness at the living in Atlanta. So how long have you been running?

[00:03:40] Tangie: [00:03:40] Um, so I’ve been running since 2014. Um, I started it sorta was like a, um, a gift to myself to start running. I was a year into my fitness journey and, um, my gift was to do a five K and, um, I started running when I started training for it.

[00:03:58] Um, I fell in love with [00:04:00] the concept of running. I would say it like that.

[00:04:05] Kim: [00:04:05] So how did you start out? Were you a member of any running groups down in Atlanta? Did you run on your own?

[00:04:11] Tangie: [00:04:11] I ran on my own, but I had a sister in law who isn’t living in another state. And so we decided we were going to run this together and I had some other friends too, but none of us were really runners per se.

[00:04:22] Um, but we just all said, okay, we’re going to do this 5k, you know, We gonna, uh, you know, it’s going to be a big deal for us and it really wasn’t, it’s a big deal at the time. And, um, we did, I didn’t join any groups cause I was always too intimidated, you know, because I always thought she had to be, you know, Uh, a certain pay.

[00:04:43] So you had to, I have all the, this then the other, and I just felt like my goal was just to cross that finish line. So I was like, I’ll just get here and do what I can.

[00:04:52] Kim: [00:04:52] So do you have any run goals going forward? Like we, I know we all start with a five K and then we move on and then we [00:05:00] always branch out into something else.

[00:05:01] So what, what are you looking for or a two into running, moving forward.

[00:05:06] Tangie: [00:05:06] So, um, as far as running, I eventually. Well, next year I’ll be 50. And my goal is to do a fool.

[00:05:14] Kim: [00:05:14] You look good for 50 girl, you grow up.

[00:05:19] Tangie: [00:05:19] Um, so I started training for a full, I was going to do one in. January of 2016 and I broke my ankle and the fall of 2015, and I had run a couple halves and, you know, it was training up to that.

[00:05:34] And once I, when I broke my ankle, it really shifted the trajectory trajectory. Oh, my goals, why I wanted to do this school? Why? You

[00:05:43] know, it just hasn’t

[00:05:44] had me reevaluate my whole life. Right. So then I got back, I ran a couple

[00:05:48] Kim: [00:05:48] of halves since then, but

[00:05:49] Tangie: [00:05:49] it’s always in the back of my mind that I just want to do my one and done, um, just to say, and, and I was like, it’d be cool if I can do it.

[00:05:57] When I turned 50, it’d be kind of a great [00:06:00] milestone and it just. Be done, you know? Uh, I don’t know. I don’t know, but we’ll see.

[00:06:08] Kim: [00:06:08] So do you have like a goal race in mind? Like something that’s on your wishlist that you want to do for your first marathon?

[00:06:16] Tangie: [00:06:16] Well, I was going to do Disney, as I figured if I was going to suffer that long, it had to be fun. Um, but we’ll see. I, I don’t know. I’m so.

[00:06:28] Kim: [00:06:28] Um,

[00:06:29] Tangie: [00:06:29] I’m a little gun shy, you know? Um, and then, you know, with COVID, it’s just difficult to make any real plans now.

[00:06:36] So,

[00:06:37] but my

[00:06:39] goal will be Disney and, um, we’ll

[00:06:42] Kim: [00:06:42] see, you know, Disney is a first good marathon because it’s like a fun run. You know, people, you know, they dress up and their costumes and you know that you can just have a good time. And so I think that’s a good one for your first marathon when we get back to racing.

[00:06:56] Tangie: [00:06:56] Okay. Yes. Yes. Because that’s probably, [00:07:00] that’s definitely the

[00:07:00] perk of a racing, you

[00:07:02] know, you know, we’ll say I’m about running. It’s like, I don’t like to run. And I was like, well, I don’t really either like

[00:07:08] Kim: [00:07:08] that, but I enjoy everything

[00:07:10] Tangie: [00:07:10] else that running does.

[00:07:12] Kim: [00:07:12] I’m the same way. Like I’d like to run because it keeps me in shape, but like I have to drag myself out there to run, but I liked the social aspect.

[00:07:22] Of running meeting or people traveling, things like that. So I think there are a lot of other factors that make us love running other than the actual act of running itself.

[00:07:32] Tangie: [00:07:32] Absolutely.

[00:07:33] Kim: [00:07:33] Yeah. So I want to get into today topic, which is runners working on the frontlines during COVID. Okay. So you mentioned that you’re a registered nurse without getting into where you’re working, but what do you do as a registered nurse?

[00:07:50] Tangie: [00:07:50] Okay. So I

[00:07:52] Kim: [00:07:52] worked say where you work if you want, but

[00:07:54] Tangie: [00:07:54] yeah,

[00:07:56] Kim: [00:07:56] but, um, so

[00:07:57] Tangie: [00:07:57] I work, um, on a [00:08:00] unit where I take care of pregnant women and this is before they deliver. So hopefully don’t deliver for me, but if they do whatever, um, but I take care of a women. Pregnant women who were diagnosed with COVID. And so

[00:08:13] that

[00:08:13] is a very unique, um, yeah.

[00:08:16] Yeah. And it’s a, it’s a huge population of women. So, um,

[00:08:22] Kim: [00:08:22] yes, absolutely. No, that’s crazy. They don’t talk about that on the news, like pregnant women with COPD, we don’t hear anything about that. So yeah. I’d like to delve more into that.

[00:08:32] Tangie: [00:08:32] Yeah, absolutely. And so it’s a unique, um, because I’m concerned about mom and for baby.

[00:08:37] So it’s

[00:08:38] very

[00:08:38] stressful and very, um, I think all of us that are working during this time in healthcare can do test that is Barry. Um, Challenging because this is all new. That’s why it’s called the novel virus. It’s all new. And so they’re really no full treatment protocols for us. So we’re just trying stuff

[00:09:00] [00:08:59] Kim: [00:08:59] before COVID happened.

[00:09:01] Where you still in like the same department or did they switch you over? How to,

[00:09:07] Tangie: [00:09:07] so I was still in the same department. I’ve always taken care of what was considered high risk pregnant women. So these are women who have high risks. Um, where their health or their baby self. Um, but when COVID hit, we just, I switched over part of our unit switched over to taking care of these women who were diagnosed.

[00:09:24] So in addition to that, most of the time, well, it’s kind of happening half of the time they have additional factors, like what they would have had before, like diabetes, high blood pressure or something like that. And COVID. Or they’re just diagnosed with COVID and either they are pregnant or they just recently had their baby.

[00:09:44] Kim: [00:09:44] Hmm. Now what is it like now in Atlanta? Because I know you guys are saying like uptake in cases compared to like March, April, may in New York, we were like, our cases were super high where like on the down swing now, but how are your hospitals adapting [00:10:00] to the uptick in cases of Kobe right now?

[00:10:03] Tangie: [00:10:03] Um, so we are really, uh, definitely, uh,

[00:10:07] Kim: [00:10:07] at capacity

[00:10:09] Tangie: [00:10:09] in particular.

[00:10:10] Um, I think what they’re trying to do is they’re trying to not admit it the more, the lesser veer cases.

[00:10:21] Kim: [00:10:21] So they’re asking if you are

[00:10:22] Tangie: [00:10:22] simple, if you’re not too symptomatic, I just said like that because you can still symptomatic and stay home. I sent home symptoms. Okay. But if you’re not to symptoms, they’re saying, um, stay home because we don’t really have the capacity.

[00:10:36] We don’t have the resources. We don’t have the staff to really take care of people unless they’re really sick. And that’s unfortunate. Um, and a lot of times because, uh, women that are pregnant, they have a compromised immune system anyway, then that kind of puts them in that category. Um, so my unit in particular, we’ve seen a lot of, um, Uh, particular abroad in cases as [00:11:00] well.

[00:11:01] Kim: [00:11:01] Wow. So what’s a day in your life. Look like working, like what are, what are your hours.

[00:11:07] Tangie: [00:11:07] So I worked seven, eight to seven P or actually 7:30 PM. Um, if I’m coming in and I liked, they’ve also increased our patient ratio. So whereas we start off with just one patient. Now we’re up to three patients with COBIT and that might not sound like a lot, but it tastes about 10 minutes to put on all my gear to get into the room.

[00:11:28] So if you’re doing it, you know, with three different patients and all the different things that they have going on, that is a lot. Um, and so we are, we have a, a little comradery. Now we get out our sins, we get everything I’ll get up. Um, and we try to, um, We try to go in and do all the things at one time so that we’re not constantly exposed back and forth, you know?

[00:11:55] And I try to really communicate with my patients and build connections with them because [00:12:00] they don’t get visitors. Like we’re their only. Contact. So I try to build a rapport with them and I try to also express to them that because of the virus, I’m not going to be in there a lot. So we need to take care of everything right now.

[00:12:17] Kim: [00:12:17] So I’m in the room

[00:12:18] Tangie: [00:12:18] about four times, five times during the day on and off on and off. And I think one of the biggest concerns is making sure that I’m properly, um, Would they call it dolphin I’m properly taken off my equipment so that I limited exposure to myself as well, passing it on to my other patients or coworkers.

[00:12:37] So, um, is very stressful, but a time is over. I am completely empty. Exhausted.

[00:12:49] Kim: [00:12:49] Yeah. Now I don’t know, like a lot of, I don’t talk about this cause I don’t really share a lot about my kids on social media, but at the beginning of March, my son had a. A scare with [00:13:00] his breathing. And I had to take him to the hospital.

[00:13:02] This was like right at the beginning of COBIT. So, you know, I know just walking in there as a civilian, like I was a little on edge or scared of, you know, catching the disease or. Catching a disease. So how is it for you walking into the hospital on a daily basis? Like what, what do you do when you get in?

[00:13:22] Do you have to put all the gear on or you ran the  mask all day? How was it for you? What are you feeling when you’re in the hospital?

[00:13:29] Tangie: [00:13:29] So I’ll say two things. The first thing I’ll say is that I actually feel safer in a hospital than I do in the general public

[00:13:34] Kim: [00:13:34] really. Yes.

[00:13:36] Tangie: [00:13:36] And the reason I say that is because a week before we get in, we are getting prescreen.

[00:13:41] So we’re getting not temperature. We’re getting mass, we’re getting hand sanitizer before we even hit the door. So that’s something they do right at the door. When we get on our unit, when we go to. When we are working with Covid patients, we are wearing in 95 masks as well as protective gear on my hair.

[00:13:59] Um, shoe [00:14:00] covers and different things like that. So, um, well for me, I feel like there’s a layer text in there that I don’t have when I go to Walmart. You know,

[00:14:09] Kim: [00:14:09] um,

[00:14:10] Tangie: [00:14:10] and also to everyone there understands we’re on the same, we have the same mission and that is not, it’s a one taking care of our patients, but it’s also not to get sick ourselves.

[00:14:20] Whereas when you’re in a general public, you know, people have all these ideas about what’s going on with COVID. So, um, they don’t always have that same, you know? Yeah. Um, but it is, it’s a lot. It is a lot of, you really have to become another person to really fully step into that role in and give the care that they deserve and still take care of yourself.

[00:14:43] And that’s why exercise is so important because when I walk away from there, I need a way to decompress. You know,

[00:14:50] Kim: [00:14:50] now speaking of exercising, you are 12 hour days. How many days a week do you work?

[00:14:55] Tangie: [00:14:55] I worked two days. I worked weekends.

[00:14:56] Kim: [00:14:56] Okay, so you work weekends. So when are you fitting your runs in.

[00:15:00] [00:15:00] Tangie: [00:15:00] Um, so that, you know, in Atlanta has be super early because these are the degrees at 7:00 AM, but generally I probably, realistically, right now you might get to run two days a week.

[00:15:14] I go to the gym, but. Because I have to get up so early and because I am exhausted and because I’m in grad school, I just have to do what I can when I can. And so sometimes it means a run on a treadmill as well. Um, but sometimes I just feel like I just need to get out there. I need the endorphin release.

[00:15:31] I need the

[00:15:32] Kim: [00:15:32] sweat of it. I need the.

[00:15:34] Tangie: [00:15:34] The hardness of it, you know, I need, I need to do all of that to, just to, you know, to get it all out as a way to, you know, just give it all out.

[00:15:46] Kim: [00:15:46] So is there anything that you want to tell runners, you know, regarding staying healthy during Covid, getting our exercise in.

[00:15:55] You know, any tips that you can give us to, you know, try to stay active during this [00:16:00] time.

[00:16:01] Tangie: [00:16:01] Absolutely. You know, we know that exercise is a big endorphin release or helps us with our brain, a dopamine. I think that we don’t acknowledge the fact that we’re all moving through a trauma collectively.

[00:16:14] We all are

[00:16:15] affected in different ways, but this is a huge trauma.

[00:16:17] So exercise is a great way to, um, allow. One to feel better, but allowed also to boost your immune system, to keep your immune system up. I think that, um, you know, for many of us, this is going on far longer than we anticipated in March. We were next Netflix and chilling, but now we in July, so now we need to get out.

[00:16:42] We need to be moving because we need to get, um, We need to be able to shift mentally that this we’re probably in this for the long haul. So exercise is a great way to do it, that, um, also to keep your immune system boosted, to keep you feeling better, because when we do come on the other side of [00:17:00] this, cause we will, you want to, my goal is to be better.

[00:17:04] You know, I have to get my grace myself, grace during that time. Um, because you know, you know, sometimes you are just going to have some cupcakes, you know, but we have to realize that we are going to come on on the other side of this. And I would like to be better. And so exercise is a great way to feel like you’re doing something, something you can control, even if you’re not able to go to the gym.

[00:17:26] Um, just do something, um, to, to help yourself mentally cope through this season

[00:17:33] Kim: [00:17:33] words, to live by people. But Sandy, I want to thank you. So much for being on the show, you know, we, I always see you on Instagram and your cute scrubs and, you know, just looking all good on the hospital floor, but it’s nice to hear your story because we see the pictures, but we don’t know what goes on behind the scenes.

[00:17:52] So it’s nice to get a peek into what you’re dealing with on a daily basis. And just, I want to thank you for your service because it’s, I [00:18:00] know it’s hard doing this as hard as you hard on your family. So a huge thank you to you.

[00:18:05] Tangie: [00:18:05] Thank you. Thank you for having me. I appreciate it. Keep going, girl. I’m always inspired.

[00:18:11] Kim: [00:18:11] Wait, so y’all see it as video cause the, you will not believe that Tangie has going on 50 years ago,

[00:18:16] Tangie: [00:18:16] right?

[00:18:18] Kim: [00:18:18] That good. Black does not crack.

[00:18:22] Tangie: [00:18:22] Thank you.

[00:18:23] Kim: [00:18:23] Thanks again,Tangie.

[00:18:24] Tangie: [00:18:24] All right. Thank you. Have a good, okay.

[00:18:26] Kim: [00:18:26] You too. Bye bye. So we have, and may do Nedu is a native new Yorker from Queens, New York, and he has Nigerian roots.

[00:18:37] He is a nurse who works primarily with geriatric and pediatric patients, and we are also both members of Adidas, runners, New York city. He’s family. So let’s hear what NATO has to say about working the front lines here in COVID-19. Okay. Everyone. I want to welcome to the show. Nate [00:19:00] do hi, Nedu. How are you?

[00:19:02] Nedu: [00:19:02] I’m good. A little tired, but that’s life.

[00:19:06] Kim: [00:19:06] Hi, and this is to be expected of us. So tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you originally from? So

[00:19:15] Nedu: [00:19:15] born and raised in Queens. Um, lived there all my life. And, um, my family’s from Nigeria who don’t know us in Africa.

[00:19:27] Kim: [00:19:27] I thought you were born in Nigeria for some reason.

[00:19:30] Nedu: [00:19:30] Oh no, no. I was born there. You were hated deep, thick accent. I wouldn’t have hair like this.

[00:19:38] Kim: [00:19:38] So now you have a head full of locks. Is that a. Traditional Nigerian man. Or is that your Americanized side?

[00:19:47] Nedu: [00:19:47] American definitely Americanized. Um, it just one day it just happened. My hair tends to grow pretty quick.

[00:19:53] So one day I was just like, you know what, I’m just going to leave it. Then I kept growing it. Then I had an Afro and breeze [00:20:00] didn’t look right on me. So I was like, you know what? Let me get to it. And then I got more comfort. Well, a man says my hair was getting longer and I was like, you know, I’m just going to drink.

[00:20:09] So the majority, like a dreaded the traditional Nigerians. It’s not like when I go to events, like there’s very few of them that, Oh, your hair is nice and long and healthy. And the others, like, when are you cutting

[00:20:22] it?

[00:20:26] I was like, I’ll cut it when you stop asking me.

[00:20:28] Kim: [00:20:28] Right. So how long have you been running?

[00:20:33] Nedu: [00:20:33] Oh, I lost count. I started running in, remember from like first grade kindergarten, it started off just racing other kids. And, you know, I became known as like the fastest kid in mind. Elementary school then in junior high school there wasn’t, I didn’t have track and field there, but I kept on kept doing that.

[00:20:56] I kept racing. No, the kids just as see where I was at [00:21:00] and to realize I was pretty fast. So then in high school they track and field and cross country, and it was a rude awakening because I was like, Oh, I’m not the fastest person. And I was like, I was up there, but I was like, I’m not the fastest president of school.

[00:21:18] Kim: [00:21:18] We’ll go with think we’re fast. And then we get on the team and they’re like, yeah. Yeah. I’m not fast after. I’m not that fast after all.

[00:21:30] Nedu: [00:21:30] Oh, after high school, I didn’t run in college cause I was more focused on work and school. Then after college while I was in college, you know, watching the New York city marathon, I’ll just no, Monday I want to run. It was only so after college I decided to do long distance

[00:21:46] running. Hmm.

[00:21:48] Kim: [00:21:48] Okay. So what type of frontline work are you in?

[00:21:52] Nedu: [00:21:52] Um, I’m a nurse. I do geriatric and I do pediatric.

[00:21:58] Kim: [00:21:58] Okay. And are you like in a [00:22:00] hospital setting or where you, where you have to say where you’re working, but

[00:22:03] Nedu: [00:22:03] yeah, occasionally I work in a school setting, but, um, lately it’s been nursing home slash hospitals. The grandma is the send me between,

[00:22:17] Kim: [00:22:17] so you’ve been working the whole time during COVID.

[00:22:21] Nedu: [00:22:21] Yes, I have. That’s why I need a vacation, but there’s nowhere to go unless I do.

[00:22:28] Kim: [00:22:28] So our topic today is runners working on the frontline during cobot. So how was it for you? Like in. The beginning of the pandemic, like when New York was, Oh, by the way, may dimension he’s from Queens. That’s a city, one of the boroughs in New York city.

[00:22:45] So some people don’t know that you gotta let people know, you know, we have listeners all over the place, but yes, in New York city, So, um, how was it like at the beginning of the pandemic when new York’s numbers are like super high?

[00:23:00] [00:23:00] Nedu: [00:23:00] So before my job even knew what this was, um, we had patients coming in, you know, we had patients who were fairly healthy and everything, and.

[00:23:12] Just one after another, whatever, the reason they came down with something, they were sensitive to hospital, they came back back and they were like in the word faith I’ve ever seen. So yeah, there were patients who wound up, who’ve been on the floor for probably like on longterm floors, but 10 plus years they got this and it wiped them out.

[00:23:34] With

[00:23:35] overnight.

[00:23:36] Kim: [00:23:36] So,

[00:23:37] Nedu: [00:23:37] you know, there has been some patients I grew close with school. I’ll always come and visit crack jokes and yeah, they didn’t make it.

[00:23:46] Kim: [00:23:46] So, since you were dealing with the older patients, that it it’s spread faster through, um, people that are older,

[00:23:56] Nedu: [00:23:56] um, I’ve definitely noticed that. And mainly obviously the people [00:24:00] who had, um, respiratory issues, that’s the way I really originally noticed it.

[00:24:05] Kim: [00:24:05] Um,

[00:24:05] Nedu: [00:24:05] they didn’t have respiratory issues. They came back with respiratory issues.

[00:24:10] Kim: [00:24:10] Hmm. So they went to the hospital and then they came back and they were eating.

[00:24:15] Nedu: [00:24:15] Yeah. Their saturation levels were low. So the average you’re at ultra the saturation should be between 95 and a hundred. And it’d be incumbent.

[00:24:27] They will come back at like 90 and that’s on oxygen. So they were struggling to get their breath.

[00:24:34] Kim: [00:24:34] So, how are they like even treating patients? Cause there’s like no set medication for this. So what is like the protocol for treating patients?

[00:24:44] Nedu: [00:24:44] You know, I’ve been to different facilities and they, each facility has their different set of protocols.

[00:24:50] They obviously run on through. Labs they’re on there for two to four weeks, give or take on the situation. [00:25:00] And they are put on a strict like antibiotic. I have most of them, I IV antibiotic regimen

[00:25:09] Kim: [00:25:09] and

[00:25:10] Nedu: [00:25:10] it’s been working. There are some patients who actually don’t need the antibiotic therapy. They’re just, you know, the asymptomatic.

[00:25:18] So they’re just, they’re wondering, like, why am I here?

[00:25:20] Kim: [00:25:20] Yeah.

[00:25:21] Nedu: [00:25:21] So then after the two or three weeks have gone, then now they’re retested.

[00:25:29] Kim: [00:25:29] So like two or three, two to three weeks is like the period of sickness as you. Cause that’s just some people they’ve had it for like even longer than that. And there’s just like no explanation as to why some people have slept for two weeks.

[00:25:42] Why some people are sick for eight

[00:25:44] Nedu: [00:25:44] weeks. Aye. I knew the doc don’t need to know they’re, you know, they’re going along with the process. It’s a process. They they’re figuring out a fit. We’re all figuring it out. Hey by day, like obviously [00:26:00] come onto something because more patients have been going home fairly healthy.

[00:26:06] The only thing is, you know, staff staff gets sick now.

[00:26:10] Kim: [00:26:10] So

[00:26:11] Nedu: [00:26:11] while the patients, the amount of patients are decreasing, sometimes we notice the amount of staff increases.

[00:26:17] Kim: [00:26:17] So since New York, good, we’re like. I guess we’re holding steady or kind of on the downtick. So what is it, are you seeing like less people getting sick right now where you are?

[00:26:27] Or how are the numbers looking

[00:26:29] Nedu: [00:26:29] and their facilities I’ve been there almost at zero there’s, probably

[00:26:35] Kim: [00:26:35] one or two,

[00:26:37] Nedu: [00:26:37] but, um, we, we have noticed that, um, And testing more positive.

[00:26:45] Kim: [00:26:45] Now I’ve been reading that in New York, in particular, younger people are, you know, testing positive. Cause you know, they’re out hanging out and doing their thing.

[00:26:53] So like, what is the age of the staff that you work with? Is it a wide range or are the staff or the younger side?

[00:27:00] [00:27:00] Nedu: [00:27:00] Early about early mid twenties. I can’t get us through what the dates, but let’s just say fifties, if you take that range.

[00:27:13] Kim: [00:27:13] So they might’ve been hanging out a little bit.

[00:27:15] Nedu: [00:27:15] Yeah. It’s happening during the winter time, the numbers wouldn’t be so hot.

[00:27:20] Kim: [00:27:20] Yeah. Oh yeah. So what has it been like? For you, like, has your life completely changed one Colvin head or like what, what hours do you work?

[00:27:33] Nedu: [00:27:33] Um, lately I’ve been working six to two,

[00:27:36] Kim: [00:27:36] sometimes

[00:27:37] Nedu: [00:27:37] three to 11. Sometimes it could be six to 11. It varies depending on how much I want to work, but, um, that’s pretty much my schedule.

[00:27:47] Kim: [00:27:47] So.

[00:27:49] Nedu: [00:27:49] I try and do on my days off. Let’s just,

[00:27:51] Kim: [00:27:51] so your schedule is all over the place. So when do you fit your runs in

[00:27:59] Nedu: [00:27:59] sometimes after [00:28:00] work, like as soon as I get off from work, my routine. As soon as I come off from work is head home. Before I hit the shower, I change right at the door, put on my running clothes and I go for a run mentally. That’s the way I feel like it works to clear my lungs and my lungs or whatever I might might’ve taken in or sweat, anything just to get whatever talks is on my body.

[00:28:26] And you know, this whole time I have, I’ve never tested positive. I’ve been working my behind off.

[00:28:31] Kim: [00:28:31] So how are you like required to get tested? Like during a certain amount of time, every time all the time goes by, or how’s that work?

[00:28:40] Nedu: [00:28:40] Yeah. Originally, we were being tested twice a week and now it’s once a week, so it’s not being fantastic.

[00:28:48] So I’m pretty happy.

[00:28:49] Kim: [00:28:49] Wait, so you again, McCune set up your nose twice a week.

[00:28:54] Nedu: [00:28:54] Oh yeah. I know that if I work in multiple facilities, I [00:29:00] would have to, I actually have to get tested there or if they bring the results saying I’m not negative to them. So,

[00:29:06] Kim: [00:29:06] so are you doing, do they do like rapid tests or is it like the testing where you have to wait?

[00:29:12] Nedu: [00:29:12] It’s fairly rapid one to two days. Sometimes you get it right on the spot, but you know, lately they’ve been saying sometimes you get a false, negative, false positive. So I don’t know how that works personally.

[00:29:25] Kim: [00:29:25] So do you have any like, Interesting stories to tell of something that happened during this covert period that you’re gonna share with the audience.

[00:29:35] Nedu: [00:29:35] Um, any interesting stories.

[00:29:41] Kim: [00:29:41] I mean like people wouldn’t like, I want to know, like, how did you do it? Like all of these, like we’re still in it. We’re not like in the thick of it, like we were, but we’re still like deep in it. And. You know, it’s happening still all around us. So like how, how did you cope and adapt to the new normal?

[00:30:01] [00:30:00] Nedu: [00:30:01] Honestly, I’m running, I’m running has been my thing lately. So I find the more I work, the more I run poke there in my mind, it’s been my goal too, for everything. It’s not that cooking. But

[00:30:18] Kim: [00:30:18] wait, you cook.

[00:30:21] Nedu: [00:30:21] I love to eat. So I have to learn how to cook.

[00:30:24] Kim: [00:30:24] I don’t see any cooking videos on Instagram way to cook and videos.

[00:30:28] Nedu: [00:30:28] No, no. I used to post them, but then I had to stop because I had people saying, what am I getting food? What is the best? I was like, no, I have to stop that. I have to create a separate page for something like that.

[00:30:40] Kim: [00:30:40] That could be a new Avenue for it. People like to eat. And I like to watch cooking shows and videos.

[00:30:45] So listen, I think you should take that up. I have,

[00:30:51] Nedu: [00:30:51] when I have, when I’m not working so much, maybe I could do that.

[00:30:55] Kim: [00:30:55] So what advice would you give to runners? This is a running [00:31:00] podcast. So what advice would you give to runners to try to keep active and stay, you know, fit and in shape during this time? Okay.

[00:31:10] Nedu: [00:31:10] Um, don’t let the whole COVID thing cloud your thoughts, you know, it’s, every year we go through something, every couple of years, we go through some type of virus, bacteria that reminded might be, and we still, we get through it. Um, so that’s, you know, all the guidelines that they said don’t overthink it because I find that.

[00:31:31] Those who overthink are the ones who get sick.

[00:31:40] Good advice.

[00:31:41] Kim: [00:31:41] Advice. I’ll follow. So I want to thank, uh, Nedu for being on the show and sharing his. Uh, perspective of working during COVID on the frontline. So tell everyone where they can find you on your social

[00:31:57] Nedu: [00:31:57] I’m on IAG. Um, you can follow me at [00:32:00] an EDU seven, seven, and I’m on Facebook at  EDU, last name

[00:32:08] Kim: [00:32:08] I never knew how to pronounce your first name.

[00:32:12] Nedu: [00:32:12] Oh, not nobody barely anybody.

[00:32:16] Kim: [00:32:16] I like, is it

[00:32:21] Nedu: [00:32:21] everybody

[00:32:21] Kim: [00:32:21] listening,

[00:32:23] Nedu: [00:32:23] everybody listening,

[00:32:24] Kim: [00:32:24] let them know.

[00:32:26] Nedu: [00:32:26] It’s Chinita

[00:32:28] Kim: [00:32:28] Sinead. Well, you know what? I want you to put it on Facebook. In parentheses.

[00:32:35] It is.

[00:32:36] Nedu: [00:32:36] That means you have ,

[00:32:39] Kim: [00:32:39] you know what? I don’t spend so much time on Facebook anymore. I just,

[00:32:48] okay. So I’m going to put all of your information in the show notes and below, so everyone can follow you and, you know, get to know NATO. And I want to thank you for being on the show.

[00:32:57] Nedu: [00:32:57] Thank you for having me.

[00:32:59] Kim: [00:32:59] You’re my first [00:33:00] guest in the car.

[00:33:03] Nedu: [00:33:03] I, you know what I’m always working. So I feel like my car is my second home.

[00:33:07] Cause I’m always on the road.

[00:33:10] Kim: [00:33:10] That’s dope. All right. Thanks NATO.

[00:33:12] Nedu: [00:33:12] Thank you for having me

[00:33:15] Kim: [00:33:15] up on the show. We have, Brenda, Brenda is located in Dallas, Texas. She is a registered nurse as well, and she works the E R at the Dallas VA hospital. So she gives us a little bit of a different perspective of the healthcare side of working with veterans.

[00:33:37] So let’s hear what Brenda has to say about working at the front lines during COVID-19. Wow. Okay. Everyone. I want to welcome Brenda to the show. How are you, Brenda?

[00:33:50] Brenda: [00:33:50] Good. How are you?

[00:33:51] Kim: [00:33:51] I’m doing well. So tell the audience a little bit about yourself. Where are you from and where do you reside?

[00:33:58] Okay, so I was [00:34:00] originally born in Houston.

[00:34:00] Um, I live in Dallas. I’ve lived in Dallas, majority of my whole life.

[00:34:06] Really sounds like me. I’ve been in New York, my whole life, and people always say like, why did you never leave? I’m like, I it’s home. I don’t know why I never let them this year. I love it. So, um, how long have you been running?

[00:34:21] So

[00:34:21] Brenda: [00:34:21] I just made seven years on 4th of July.

[00:34:24] Kim: [00:34:24] Really? That’s. So what got you into the sport?

[00:34:28] Brenda: [00:34:28] Um, truthfully, I was in nursing school. I was, I was getting my, my RN and I was in a mental health class. And, um, one of the things that they was talking about was like, running really helps your mental health and all the other stuff. And then in the class, they started going over like all the different, like mental health diagnosis.

[00:34:47] And so you started thinking you’ve got all of them.

[00:34:53] Um, and so, um, I took the class and I was just like, Oh God, this running thing. And then I started seeing black girls [00:35:00] run has started coming up around that time. So I was like, I wouldn’t be able to try and went out there.

[00:35:05] Kim: [00:35:05] So you started with the run group with BG?

[00:35:08] Brenda: [00:35:08] I did start with BGI

[00:35:09] Kim: [00:35:09] first. Yeah. Are you still running with them?

[00:35:12] I do not

[00:35:13] Brenda: [00:35:13] run with them

[00:35:13] right now.

[00:35:15] Kim: [00:35:15] Everyone says that now it’s like,

[00:35:17] Brenda: [00:35:17] know, and it’s not for any, it’s just. I was a, I was an ambassador for me. I’m a rind coordinator for several, several years. I just. I moved away from a certain time grew. And you know, in the running community, you start meeting other people, you start moving in different directions, and then it’s just like, before you know, it you’re like, you know, traveling all these different places and going to places.

[00:35:42] Kim: [00:35:42] Yeah. I know, like be two hours. The start from where a lot of us, and it was like a good foundation, but, you know, eventually we branch up and we discover new people. I started doing new things, but yeah, I’ll always be forever grateful to BGR because it laid the foundation for my running journey. And so many [00:36:00] of us black women in America.

[00:36:02] So tell us about, a little bit about. The work that you do because today’s topic is runners who are working the front lines during COVID-19. So what type of work do you do right now?

[00:36:15] Brenda: [00:36:15] So I’m a registered nurse. I work at the Dallas VA and at first. I was a day surgery nurse. I was the nurse that got you, prepped and ready for your surgery when it had your surgery.

[00:36:27] And then I recovered you from your surgery. He gave you a discharge instruction, the medicine

[00:36:31] essential.

[00:36:33] Um, but, uh, with of course, COVID-19, I would like to surgeries and major surgeries working on soul. Um, a lot of people don’t know this, but when you work for the, um, the government, the VA, they have the rights to redirect you wherever they want to.

[00:36:48] So I got detailed to them emergency,

[00:36:52] Kim: [00:36:52] Oh,

[00:36:53] Brenda: [00:36:53] now I past four months, I’ve been working in the ER because they’re not really doing elective surgeries. We’re just kind of [00:37:00] doing what’s needed to be done. And so they detailed about 90% of the day surgery staff to different places. So the ER, or on Kobe unit floors.

[00:37:11] Kim: [00:37:11] So you said you work at the VA, that’s the veterans hospital. So everyone that comes through there is veterans or it’s for everyone.

[00:37:20] Brenda: [00:37:20] For veterans only. Okay.

[00:37:22] Kim: [00:37:22] Yeah. Okay. So you mentioned that you’re an RN, which is a registered nurse. So for people that don’t know, is there a

[00:37:31] difference

[00:37:31] between a registered nurse and another type of nurse?

[00:37:35] Brenda: [00:37:35] Okay, so you have, Oh my gosh. Okay. So you have a licensed book. Yeah. Additional nurse, which is just a nurse. And I was a licensed vocational nurse. It’s not as much schooling. It doesn’t take away from the knowledge base. Um, there’s certain things that a licensed vocational kids can not do. Um, but she’s still a nurse.

[00:37:54] So there you have the licensed vocational nurse, which is the LBN and some cities is called LPs. [00:38:00] I have a lot have those, that, those that work at the veterans affairs hospital, you have the registered nurse, um, which has either an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree behind her mate. Um, then you also have a nurse practitioner who is also a registered nurse that has a little bit more, more schooling and conduct those.

[00:38:19] And also, um, you know, take care of, are you alongside with your doctor? And then you have a, um, a nurse doctor as a PhD nurse. And so that she’s gotten her doctorate in nursing. And so she knows all there is to be about.

[00:38:35] Kim: [00:38:35] So there’s a lot of variety of nurses out there. You know, I would say the letters behind the name and don’t quite know, you know, what it stands for or what exactly that is.

[00:38:46] So thank you for breaking that down for me and probably for other people that are listening to this. So how has it been for you working during COBIT? Because I know like right now, um, you’re in Houston. Um, [00:39:00] death Dallas and, um, Texas. I don’t know if it’s as a whole or different cities. Your numbers have been going up recently lately, but I in March was where the numbers lower.

[00:39:10] They’re like at the beginning of Poland.

[00:39:13] Brenda: [00:39:13] So for us, it’s different at the VA because we only cater to veterans, whereas everybody and all the other hospitals in the private sector, we’re saying like steady numbers. We in the. We’re not seeing high numbers. Um, so we stayed pretty and our veterans stayed away.

[00:39:30] So when I say they were not coming to the us, they were practicing social distance and they were doing everything that there was supposed to do. So the only people who pay into the emergency room were people who were truly sick. Now we did see COVID patients, but we didn’t see nearly as many as the private sector.

[00:39:47] Now, when they opened the city back up in may. That’s when it started getting a little, a little bit more dicey. So our numbers actually doubled. So we’re as the city was, [00:40:00] was going crazy. Our numbers started increasing higher as well.

[00:40:03] Kim: [00:40:03] So are you saying, um, more civilians coming in or is it still veterans right now?

[00:40:09] Brenda: [00:40:09] It’s still veterans. Um, we do have the ability to open up to civilians. If the city gets overran. Um, we did just deploy out some nurses that are part of the disaster team to go to San Antonio because we’re taking San Antonio’s veterans because they’re so full.

[00:40:26] Kim: [00:40:26] Wow. So is there a big population of veterans in this space?

[00:40:30] Brenda: [00:40:30] Yeah, so they’re saying that North, Texas by 2025 will have the most veteran population in the United States because everybody from the South is possibly

[00:40:39] living.

[00:40:41] Kim: [00:40:41] Wow. So is, um, You know, I don’t, I always see like big houses and, you know, everything’s bigger in Texas. So you wouldn’t think that the cost of living was less, there

[00:40:52] Brenda: [00:40:52] it is.

[00:40:52] So, um, I’ve been to New York a couple of times in California. So what y’all would pay for. Um, so what [00:41:00] y’all would pay for, we would pay probably like two to three times less. So for us, like a four bedroom, three bathroom house, two car garage, and a pretty decent yard. You could get that for two or 300,000.

[00:41:15] Sure in New York,

[00:41:16] you’re lucky to get that for

[00:41:17] Kim: [00:41:17] 400,000.

[00:41:19] Brenda: [00:41:19] Like, and that’s not even like a really great builder. That’s just like a custom, you know, cookie cutter without any grill.

[00:41:29] Kim: [00:41:29] So how is your. You’re like home lives. I know you got married a couple years ago, so you’re fantastic. Wedding pictures. You had your African garb and they were fabulous feral.

[00:41:41] So how, how was your home life with your husband and you being on the front line?

[00:41:48] Brenda: [00:41:48] Well, there’s definitely changed. Of course my husband has two children and I don’t have any of my own, so we kind of have to. Social distance. Um, but he is a property investor. So his business [00:42:00] never stopped either because

[00:42:01] Kim: [00:42:01] housing was

[00:42:02] still considered essential.

[00:42:03] Brenda: [00:42:03] So he still continued to work. And I also continue to work. We try to do with my parents and my family lived down here and of course his children then down here too. So we kind of just. So isolate. We do a lot of FaceTime with me on wi I’m going to say my fault. Maybe once a week, once every two weeks I have older parents.

[00:42:24] So I kind of have to, um, social media distance for them too, because I do take care of active patients. Um, but yeah.

[00:42:33] Kim: [00:42:33] Are you fitting, you’re running in? Cause I know, I see you pulls in and your little short

[00:42:37] Brenda: [00:42:37] shorts on it’s the grab

[00:42:39] Kim: [00:42:39] like every day I’m like, does this girl work?

[00:42:42] Brenda: [00:42:42] The work I do work. So the beautiful thing about, um, and it’s a blessing in disguise, the detail I used to have to be at work.

[00:42:50] It’s six o’clock in the morning, which meant I had to wake up like it, you know, four 30, five o’clock to get dressed. And it’s too dark for me to run at that time. So I would run in the evening, [00:43:00] which is very difficult to run in the evening after you’ve been on your feet for 12 hours a day and then run it by hot blazing sun.

[00:43:07] So my detailed book mean to 1130 in the morning to midnight. So I run in the morning with my husband.

[00:43:15] Kim: [00:43:15] Oh, I texted. I know, but how, how are you? Like, I know it’s already hot, first thing in the morning there. Right? Right.

[00:43:23] Brenda: [00:43:23] Hi. So I’m six o’clock in the morning. Six 30. It’s the coolest it’s going to be, which is about 80 to

[00:43:34] 80 degrees. It’s better than like one Oh six.

[00:43:38] Kim: [00:43:38] That’s true. So what’s the, like the feel like in Texas, what are you guys like going out? Cause your restaurants have opened by everything’s open, right?

[00:43:46] Brenda: [00:43:46] Right. Everything is open. I think what they shut the bars down because they deemed the bars were the cause of the COVID spread and all that other stuff.

[00:43:54] Kim: [00:43:54] Yeah, because I went, um, I did like a bike ride last week through like long [00:44:00] Island city, which is right across the water from Manhattan. And I was shocked at the number of people that were outside. Like it was a regular old day. So is that what it’s like in Texas right now, too? Yes. As New York was like a ghost town.

[00:44:15] Like you can walk through a time square and there was nobody outside. And now, like I’m seeing an uptick of people here. Some like our, our cases, then it started going back up or. You know, is it going to hold steady, but you guys are like the opposite. You had lowercases and you’re open and your cases are going back up.

[00:44:33] So

[00:44:34] Brenda: [00:44:34] are you,

[00:44:35] Kim: [00:44:35] are you like going out or what, what, what are you doing? No,

[00:44:41] Brenda: [00:44:41] like actually go out for the essentials and I’m honestly, I’m lucky my husband works from home, so he does, he loves to go grocery shopping. So I let him do his thing. Um, so if anything, I probably just like, I go get my nails done. I still do that.

[00:44:57] Kim: [00:44:57] You do,

[00:44:58] Brenda: [00:44:58] I do do that. [00:45:00] But the girl who does my hair now, she has her own goop.

[00:45:02] She has her own little suite, as she does for temperature checks. You have to set an appointment. You can’t bring anybody with you, but she was doing that before. COVID at all, um, nail salon where they got like 40 chairs and people are in there. So, no, she was, she’s always in a privacy.

[00:45:19] Kim: [00:45:19] See, that’s like the one thing that I’m scared, like I stopped going to nail salon like a year and a half ago avail, but that’s like the one thing that I would be scared to do as like to get a Manny petty at this time.

[00:45:29] Brenda: [00:45:29] Yeah. I just do my hands because that’s the one thing people see. Yeah. Oh yeah. But that’s

[00:45:35] Kim: [00:45:35] about it. So is there any advice that you can give to runners to like try to stay safe and healthy during this time from a nurse’s perspective?

[00:45:46] Brenda: [00:45:46] I would just tell people, um, super important to continue to working out.

[00:45:51] And so your, your runs, your bike rides, I mean, from a mental STAM point, whatever is going on in your family and your child, like that kind of stuff, [00:46:00] because it does help you, those endorphins do help. I would say to do that, you can find trails that are not as crowded. It’s really hard because everybody’s running now.

[00:46:11] Everybody’s. I’m bike riding now. Um, but you’re outside. So, you know, they say it’s a little bit safer because the wind’s blowing and circulating. So it’s, it’s a little bit better than being on the inside. Um, I don’t run with the mask. Um, I just, I just run

[00:46:29] Kim: [00:46:29] me the girl, but the mask. Yeah. Like you’ll suffocate.

[00:46:33] I dunno, half. Yeah. Okay. I think the people that are posing with the mass, they’re just

[00:46:38] Brenda: [00:46:38] posing.

[00:46:40] Yeah.

[00:46:43] Kim: [00:46:43] It’s like, even when I’m going to the grocery store, that my whole face is like sweating. I don’t know how people are running with mass, but yeah, that’s, that’s definitely good advice. Anything else you wanted to share?

[00:46:55] Brenda: [00:46:55] Um, and just take it serious. I mean a lot of people, a lot of the patients that we’re [00:47:00] getting and, um, are one, we’re seeing an uptake in asymptomatic patients, meaning they’re coming into the ER for something completely different than COVID-19. Then we are having to exit you into the hospital. So say you have, like, I had a patient come in, who he was at work.

[00:47:16] If he worked construction, he had his construction outfit on. He came in and was like, yo, my heart is racing. We did an EKG. We found that he had an abnormal heart rhythm that he hadn’t had before. It was a Saturday. We’re like, okay, we’re going to have to admit you for the weekend and do a workout. Cardio workout.

[00:47:34] And we’re having to swab you for potent on admission, because we need to know replacing, you want to comb it floor or a noncoding floor, but he was like, Oh, okay. It’s no problem. I’m talking about a healthy guy. I’m swapped him. And he was positive. So you would have met that totally changes. What we have to do for him at this point.

[00:47:53] So respiratory issues, or will he have respiratory issues in the next couple of days

[00:47:58] Kim: [00:47:58] now, the asymptomatic [00:48:00] people. Are you seeing that more and like younger people or is it coming up in older people as well?

[00:48:04] Brenda: [00:48:04] We consider younger people, um, 20 to 50.

[00:48:08] Kim: [00:48:08] Oh,

[00:48:09] Brenda: [00:48:09] so that’s considered young. And health wise. So, because I mean, I’m 41.

[00:48:14] So I don’t want to say that I’m old, but I’m not sweating.

[00:48:17] Kim: [00:48:17] Yeah. Like young, I think in the twenties I’m like maybe early thirties.

[00:48:21] Brenda: [00:48:21] Yeah. No. So we’re probably, I mean, not really 20 year olds because we don’t have a lot of 20 year old veterans.

[00:48:28] Kim: [00:48:28] Oh,

[00:48:28] Brenda: [00:48:28] we are probably seeing 30 to 50 year olds that are thinking, okay.

[00:48:32] I’m I’m younger. I’m I’m healthy. I don’t have high blood pressure. I don’t have diabetes. I don’t have what my mom is grandparents, so I’m good. But I try to tell people, you may not have high levels pressure right now, but it lives in your genes because your mom and dad. So just because you don’t present with it doesn’t mean it is lurking around the board.

[00:48:56] Kim: [00:48:56] So when you come to work, like, are they, do they [00:49:00] test the employee on a regular basis at your hospital? 

[00:49:04] Brenda: [00:49:04] they, we come in and we got to go with the temperature checks. We have to, you know, go through an array of different things. Um, then we come in, they give us, we have, um, PPE. We have, you know, we have to wear.

[00:49:18] Oh, in 95 at all times, because we have to wear a mask on top of the end 95. We have to wear a face shield on top of that. And then if you go into an active private room, you gotta make sure you put the down on tie your hair up.

[00:49:34] Kim: [00:49:34] So it’s a lot. It’s a lot. And that’s interesting because I spoke with, um, another fellow he’s actually in New York and he has to get tested frequently, but he goes to different facilities, but yeah, they’re testing.

[00:49:48] He said, you know, swap up the nose. Yeah. No, not fun at all, but. Yeah. Was there anything else that you wanted to share with our [00:50:00] audience regarding, you know, staying safe during COBIT?

[00:50:05] Brenda: [00:50:05] I would just say just, um, I’m just like everybody else. I wish running season wasn’t canceled. I

[00:50:10] know

[00:50:13] it’s so heartbreaking

[00:50:14] Kim: [00:50:14] to

[00:50:15] Brenda: [00:50:15] just have to adjust and it’s, and it’s, we’re going to have to learn how to live with this thing for a little bit of time.

[00:50:20] And I know everybody wants it to be over like yesterday. Um, but just the way that it is, I would say would probably going to be at it for a little bit longer. So just being mindful of that, um, stay safe and then just continue to socially

[00:50:34] differ.

[00:50:35] Kim: [00:50:35] Very good advice. So I want to thank Brenda for being on The Run Wave podcast.

[00:50:41] It was a pleasure having you, and I want to also thank you for your service and all that you are doing to keep the betterment safe and you know, everyone else. You know, working in the medical field as a hard drive and I take my hat off. So all of you that are doing it because you are, you’re putting your life on the line essentially as well, [00:51:00] so kudos to you.

[00:51:02] So let our audience know, uh, you’re a social so they can follow you. Okay, so you can check me

[00:51:09] Brenda: [00:51:09] out on Facebook. I am Brenda Ellis, or you can check me out on Instagram. I am bougie. I’m scoring Bay run Bay on

[00:51:16] Kim: [00:51:16] it sort. I will put that down below because I don’t know Rebecca

[00:51:28] What was your ride by? I will put that down below so you guys can

[00:51:31] just click it and follow her

[00:51:32] on Instagram. So again, thank you again, Brenda, for being on The Run Wave podcast. Thank you so much. Okay, bye bye. Those were our three health care professionals. They all happen to be nurses, but all located in different States.

[00:51:49] So we had Georgia, we had New York and we had Texas, Texas has currently a hotline. Spot for COVID Atlanta is on the uprise [00:52:00] and New York is like holding steady right now. So, yeah. So I think it’s great to hear a different perspective from all three of them on what life has been like during COBIT. And I just want to thank all of them for their service.

[00:52:15] I know it is. It’s not easy to get up every day and be on the front lines and fight for people that you don’t even know. So, yeah, Tangi, Nedu, and Brenda, thank you so much for your service and thank you for appearing on The Run WAve podcast. I appreciate you. So that is all for today’s show. I want to thank you all for listening and.

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